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The title card in the screen credits reads, "Booth Tarkington's Little Orvie." According to Hollywood Reporter pre-production news items, Little Orvie was originally set for production in 1938 with Bob Burns and Peter Holden starring. The film was to be the first in a series of "Orvie" films, all based on the Tarkington novel, but no other films were produced by RKO. A Hollywood Reporter news item notes that the decision to make a series out of the "Orvie" story depended on the reception of Little Orvie. Although Hollywood Reporter production charts list actors Edward Ellis, Kathleen Howard, Scotty Beckett, Willie Best and Juliette Compton in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.